The police in Kenya have rescued a newborn baby girl abandoned inside a pit latrine within Rioma Catholic Church compound in Marani, Kisii.

The National Police Service (NPS) said the baby estimated to be four days old was retrieved from the latrine by police officers from Rioma Police Station on Tuesday, April 18.

This came after a local alerted the police about hearing a baby crying inside the latrine at around 2:30 pm on Tuesday.

A statement released by the police read;

“Police at Rioma Police Station responded to report made by a member of public, that there was a voice of an infant emanating from a pit latrine, within Rioma Catholic Church compound.

“OCS and Officers from the station responded swiftly to the scene, approximately 1.4km from the station, demolished the pit latrine and rescued a female infant estimated to be four days old.”

“Police took the baby to Marani Level 4 Hospital and handed her over to the Sub-county Chief Nursing Officer in sound health”. The statement added;

“In the best interest of the child, NPS through its specialized Child Protection Units is committed to the protection of children in Kenya. We applaud the member of public that shared the information that led to the timely rescue of the baby, and wish the baby girl, safety and good health.”

Investigations into the incident are ongoing.